Thursday, May 12, 2016

Milwaukee Weekend

Yes, it is Thursday and yes I am just getting around to blogging about the weekend. Anyone else have the hardest time coming back from vacation? Not to mention the fact that we have a crazy big trip to Europe coming up in less than two weeks that we are trying to prepare for at the same time. So forgive me for blogging about this weekend so late, but it was too much fun to not share.

Richard and I have been trying to plan a trip to Milwaukee for some time. We tried to make it work last fall, but with everyone's schedules it did not work out so we ended up going to Orlando instead. But then this spring, Southwest had another sale going on with cheap flights to Milwaukee so we jumped on them! Richard spent the first half of his life living in Milwaukee and I have a cousin and his wife that live in Milwaukee, plus a cousin and her boyfriend that live in Madison, which is a little more than an hour away. My cousin generously offered to let us stay at their house and my other cousin planned to come into town for a cousins weekend!

On Friday, we went straight to the airport for a late flight that got us into Wisconsin after 10pm. My cousin and his wife picked us up from the airport and then drove us to their house. The night was filled with catching up and being filled in on everyone's lives. And since they have a baby on the way, we had a lot to catch up on! We stayed up way to late chit-chatting, but it was totally worth it.

Saturday morning, my cousin and her boyfriend met the rest of us so that we could all go out for brunch at a place near their house. Then we decided to head into Milwaukee to go to the Third Ward for some bloody mary's!
After enjoying drinks, we walked around, shopped and stopped into the Milwaukee Public Market. Richard and I bought a container of Habanero powder there four years ago and we finally used it all up and needed a refill. Perfect timing. The boys then ran off to get cigars while the girls shopped for home stuff.
When we were done shopping, we headed out to a brewery to go on a tour. By the time we got there, the tours were full so we went on a mini-tour instead. The tour guide ended up being extremely entertaining and both my cousin and I ended up being pulled into their demonstration that was super awkward, but hilarious. As part of the tour, we got four free samples of beer and a glass to take home. Since not all of us were drinking, there were plenty of drinks to go around.
After the tour, we headed out for the highlight of the trip. Well, for Richard anyway. He really wanted to go to Balistreri's, which is an Italian restaurant that has his favorite pizza. He went there a lot as a kid, and his dad even used to work there so it was a must. We are definitely glad we went there because the pizza was so good. For the six of us, we ordered three giant pizzas and we probably could have gotten away with two, but we were then left with leftovers for later so it worked out.
After pizza, we went back to my cousin's house for a bonfire. We basically just spent the night hanging out and talking. It was a great day.
Sunday was Mother's day which we knew when we booked the flights. It was the only weekend that worked for us all so we dealt. I don't celebrate Mother's day anyway so I figured it would work. My cousins however were hosting family over at their house for a Mother's day get together. So after eating a small breakfast and catching up with my aunt and uncle (my cousin's parents) we headed out with my other cousin and her boyfriend to go get appetizers and more bloody mary's.
After appetizers, my cousin and her boyfriend headed back to Madison while Richard and I went exploring. We went to visit his great grandma's grave and then drove past his great grandma's old house and the house Richard grew up in. Once we had explored a bit, we headed back to my cousin's house and crashed their family get together. We basically just hung out around the campfire with their family. That night we ate leftover pizza while we watched TV before we crashed since we had a super early flight.
Overall, the weekend was super fun and we are so grateful for my cousin and his wife for letting us stay at their place. It is always fun catching up with family you don't get to see as often as you would like. The next time we see those two they will be parents! So crazy!

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